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Friday, April 22, 2005
Floods' week
Floods have been the highlight of the week in Romania. Dozens of villages in the West side of the country have been flooded because of the heavy rains. So everyday stories sound like this: “Last night, on the news, I saw this old couple. The woman was sick, sitting on the bed and crying, while the water level kept rising in the room. Her husband couldn’t leave her there but couldn’t help her either. ‘I don’t have any strength left to fight the waters’, he said. This happened to them every year, at least once, if not twice”.

Yes, every year Romanian authorities have to deal with the same issue: floods! And how? Oh, simple! The weather experts announce the floods, of course, at least a week before, but the authorities simply cannot do anything about it. They just wait, the floods have their way, and then the state spends enormous amounts of money to take care of people whose houses have been destroyed…

Stupid, isn’t it? Why don’t they just spend that money trying to prevent the floods? Noooo! It’s easier to just save people when they’re in danger of being killed by the waters than trying to stop the damned rivers from flooding everything when it rains…You know, us Romanians, are very proud of how smart we are! IT experts, engineers, brilliant students shaming the other countries…Yet at times we are so stupid. Or at least our leaders are! But, if we chose them in the first place…In the end it’s still our fault!

Everyday we complain we cannot elect someone better because they are simply alike. Politicians, very greedy politicians, regardless of the party they’re in! Why don’t we get involved? Why isn’t every young man talking about politics every time he has the chance? Why aren’t there any petitions? I can admit that I don’t even know the names of the Ministers…I only know the names of the President and of the Prime Minister! I don’t really give a damn about politics anyway. And I am a journalism student…If we don’t stay in touch with the major events, who will?

I remember I was pretty angry a few days ago because they didn’t let me go in a McDonald’s fast-food wearing rollerblades. There was no sign saying “no rollerbladers allowed” and they use the image of skateboarders and other sporty young people for their advertisements anyway! So that does ruin their image! The reason I wasn’t allowed to get in? I don’t really know, they didn’t bother to give me one! Probably washing the floor issues – rollerblades do leave traces that are quite easy to erase with a mop! I wonder, does anyone get in when it rains so they’d have to wash the floor every five minutes?

So, what did I do? Did I call the manager and ask for an explanation? Did I write a complaint letter to McDonalds Romania or to the USA headquarters saying I would choose KFC if they’re attitude did not change? No, I just left. This is so typical for Romanians! We pay extremely large amounts for services, although our living standard is quite low but we don’t really complain when we don't get what we paid for. And if we do complain, we are labeled as crazy or worse.
posted by Alina @ 1:09 PM  
  • At 4/24/2005 11:44 AM, Blogger Owzyo! said…

    Sorry to hear abou the floods, we always get problems with them here too.
    I know what you mean about politicians too, we have electioons coming up very soon but it looks like Tony Blair will be back in , but believe it or not he's still better than the alternative....
    ps almost finished Deception point

  • At 4/25/2005 10:42 AM, Blogger Adam said…

    Kayla, don't be so hard on yourself. Or Romanians. I think it is rare for citizens of any country to rally in support of a cause that isn't the first story on the news. As individuals everyone would like to do something, but they don't want to be the ones to lead movements, organize large groups, or dedicate their lives to these important tasks. As you said, it is only when something goes wrong and people die that we are motivated to get together to force change, but then not usually for long.

    I enjoyed your blog. I also noticed that you commented on one of my students' blogs. Thanks for that! If you want to read more of their ideas, you can get there from my blogs. Take care.

  • At 4/25/2005 12:33 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Adam, it is the first story on the news each year, for about a week or more! It's true, it's hard to get people together, but, let's get real! We have three reporters in Iraq with guns aiming at them and their collegues gathered to support them. Do you have any ideea how many people joined them? Just a few, mostly journalists. It's weired!

  • At 4/26/2005 10:26 AM, Blogger George Hari Popescu said…

    We have three reporters in Iraq with guns aiming at them and their collegues gathered to support them. Do you have any ideea how many people joined them? Just a few, mostly journalists. It's weired!

    It's not weird for a democratic country. I don't think there were such demonstrations in the US to support kidnapped journalists. It's normal for a country that wants to be European. Of course, the kinapping is an important issue and the few people that support the journalists are necessary and enough. We are past the '90-'92 manifestations in Piata Universitatii.

  • At 4/26/2005 12:53 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    It's not just about manifesting. It's more about giving a damn once in a while. And why not protest if you think it's needed? I know it rarely works: all the protesting against the war in Iraq did not help much, but at least it showed people cared. I prefer a protesting & law suits obsessed country to one that doesn't really care about anything anymore.

  • At 4/26/2005 12:53 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    Oh, and thanx for taking the time to visit my blog!

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